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Illicit drug overdoses in Prince George have mainly increased each year since 2009

Northern Health Authority sees yearly increase since 2009, but numbers have slowed in 2019
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The numbers are still sobering, but there have been some decreases when it comes to illicit overdose deaths in Prince George and B.C. so far for 2019.

According to new data released today by the B.C. Coroners Service, there was a 35 per cent decrease in June 2019 deaths (73) compared to June of last year (113 deaths). 

The data collected is from Jan. 1, 2009 to June 30, 2019. 

Those 73 illicit drug overdose deaths this past June equated to 2.4 deaths per day for the month.

No deaths have been reported at supervised consumption or drug overdose prevention sites.

To date in B.C. for 2019, there has been a total of 538 overdose deaths with 83 per cent of deaths having fentanyl detected.

When it comes to Prince George specifically, the numbers since 2009 are: 

  • 2009 - 4
  • 2010 - 1
  • 2011 - 6
  • 2012 - 10
  • 2013 - 7
  • 2014 - 10
  • 2015 - 12
  • 2016 - 18
  • 2017 - 24
  • 2018 - 49 
  • 2019 (to date) - 11

The Northern Health Authority numbers since 2009 are: 

  • 2009 - 6
  • 2010 - 13
  • 2011 - 16
  • 2012 - 18
  • 2013 - 19
  • 2014 - 21
  • 2015 - 25
  • 2016 - 52 
  • 2017 - 66
  • 2018 - 97
  • 2019 (to date) - 31
HEALTHAUTHORITY(via B.C. Coroners Service)

The Northern Interior deaths by Health Services Delivery Area since 2009 are as follows: 

  • 2009 - 5
  • 2010 - 7
  • 2011 - 8
  • 2012 - 12
  • 2013 - 8
  • 2014 - 11
  • 2015 - 15
  • 2016 - 24
  • 2017 - 35
  • 2018 - 60 
  • 2019 (to date) - 14

Another sobering statistic is Prince George being in the top 15 for Illicit Drug Toxicity Death Rates (per 100,000 person-years) by Local Health Area (LHA) from 2016 to 2019.

The numbers are as follows: 

  • Princeton LHA: Rate per 100,000 - 63.3 with 11 deaths
  • Merritt LHA: Rate per 100,000 - 54. 2 with 22 deaths
  • Vancouver Aggregate: Rate per 100,000 47.5 with 1,141 deaths
  • Grand Forks LHA: Rate per 100,000 - 45.0 with 14 deaths
  • Hope LHA: Rate per 100,000 - 40.5 with 12 deaths
  • Lillooet LHA: Rate per 100,000 - 40.0 with 6 deaths
  • Kamloops LHA: Rate per 100,000 - 37.7 with 158 deaths
  • Peace River South LHA: Rate per 100,000 - 37.0 with 36 deaths
  • Campbell River LHA: Rate per 100,000 - 36.1 with 57 deaths
  • Nanaimo LHA: Rate per 100,000 - 32.9 with 133 deaths
  • Central Okanagan LHA: Rate per 100,000 - 32.2 with 231 deaths
  • Powell River LHA: Rate per 100,000 31.9 with 23 deaths
  • Vernon LHA - Rate per 100,000 31..7 with 78 deaths
  • Keremeos LHA: Rate per 100,000 - 31.5 with 6 deaths
  • Prince George LHA: Rate per 100,000 - 31.2 with 108 deaths

Any 2019 data listed is tracked from Jan. 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019. 

Males accounted for 78% of all suspected illicit drug toxicity deaths in 2019.




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Jess Fedigan graduated from BCIT’s broadcast and online journalism program in 2016. Her career (so far) has taken her to Fort St. John, Victoria and now Prince George.
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